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Milan Lucic says injury was nagging issue, not suffered in Dalton Prout fight 12.31.14 at 10:58 pm ET
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Milan Lucic said after Wednesday’€™s shootout loss to the Maple Leafs that the injury that forced him to miss Monday’€™s game was not suffered in last Saturday’€™s fight against Dalton Prout.

Lucic, who did not practice Tuesday and sat out Monday returned to his normal spot Wednesday. He said afterwards that he felt “€œgood.”€

“The injury wasn’€™t a result of the fight,” he added. “€œIt was just something nagging that comes up in the middle of the season. Just a day-to-day type of thing. Just smart to sit out a couple days and get the rest. It really helped get me back in the lineup here today.”

Lucic played 18:53 Wednesday, his fifth-highest total of the season. He skated with David Krejci and Seth Griffith, playing a large role in Krejci’s second-period goal by going hard to the net.

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Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron return to Bruins lineup at 6:37 pm ET
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Both Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron will return to the Bruins’ lineup Wednesday after missing Monday’s game with undisclosed injuries.

The Bruins’ lineup is as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Griffith
Marchand Bergeron – Smith
Kelly – Soderberg – Eriksson
Cunningham – Campbell – Paille

Chara – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Seidenberg
Krug – Miller

Rask

Jordan Caron, Zach Trotman and Matt Linblad are the healthy scratches. Lindblad was the only player missing from warmups.

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Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic practice, still considered day-to-day 12.30.14 at 1:12 pm ET
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Both Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic practiced with the Bruins in Tuesday’€™s practice, participating in line drills and working with their respective power play units.

Claude Julien said after the skate that both players remain day-to-day after missing Monday’€™s win over the Red Wings with undisclosed injuries. The Bruins will not have a morning skate prior to Wednesday’€™s game against the Maple Leafs, so it will be difficult to tell whether the players will be in the lineup against the Maple Leafs.

Lines in practice were as follows:

Marchand – Krejci/Bergeron – Smith
Kelly – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Caron
Lucic/Lindblad – Cunningham – Griffith

All eight defensemen, including Adam McQuaid (still on injured reserve with a thumb injury) were on the ice.

PP1: Krug, Krejci, Griffith/Lucic, Marchand
PP2: Hamilton, Smith, Eriksson, Bergeron, Soderberg

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5 things we learned as Bruins ride fast start to victory over Red Wings 12.29.14 at 9:41 pm ET
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The Bruins recovered nicely from Saturday’€™s embarrassing loss to the Blue Jackets, as they took a 5-2 victory over the Red Wings Monday at TD Garden to give them victories in three of their last four games.

Boston made do with a relatively scarce roster, as both Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron missed the game with undisclosed injuries and Matt Fraser was lost to the Oilers earlier in the day on waivers. Matt Lindblad, recalled after Fraser was claimed by Edmonton, dressed in his second NHL game of the season.

Though Boston relented after a strong push to open the game, the B’€™s gained much-needed separation with a third-period Seth Griffith goal after Detroit had cut their lead to one late in the second period. Chris Kelly scored an empty netter to seal the victory.

The win showed, at the very least, that the Bruins do have another gear. Though they didn’€™t sustain it throughout the night, they found it long enough to take two points from a divisional opponent.

Here are four more things we learned:

BRUINS OWN THE FIRST

The Bruins took the ice Monday clearly aware that they were without two of their best forwards. Their push to make up for the absences of Lucic and Bergeron translated into puck possession dominance and overwhelming victories in puck battles throughout the opening period.

Most importantly, the B’s scored three goals in the first period, marking the first time they’€™ve done so all season.

The only players with a negative even-strength Corsi in the first period were Campbell and linemates Jordan Caron and Daniel Paille. Then again, Campbell scored after being sent out as the extra attacker on a delayed penalty call, so there really wasn’€™t much not to like about the first period.

SODERBERG LINE DOMINANT

Claude Julien‘€™s biggest fear is the thought of splitting up Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly. Monday was the latest example as to why.

The Soderberg line was simply dominant against Detroit’€™s third line of Darren Helm between Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist, while also outworking Detroit’€™s second line on a first-period possession that led to a delayed penalty on which Campbell as an extra attacker scored. Soderberg would add a goal of his own shortly after off a nice feed from Eriksson behind the net.

Soderberg had six shots on goal in the game, which tied a career-high accomplished once last season.

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Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron day-to-day for Bruins 12.28.14 at 1:49 pm ET
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Both Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic were absent from Sunday’s practice, with coach Claude Julien saying after the skate that he considers both players day-to-day with undisclosed injuries.

Bergeron took only tree shifts in the third period Saturday in Columbus before leaving the game with what Julien told reporters was a minor injury. Lucic’s ailment is not known.

Adam McQuaid (thumb) practiced with the team, but Julien said that to his knowledge McQuaid is not ready to return to game action.

The lines in practice were as follows:

Marchand – Griffith – Smith
Fraser – Krejci – Cunningham
Kelly – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Caron

All right defensemen, including McQuaid, were on the ice.

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Milan Lucic: Bruins ‘can’t wait too much longer to turn this thing around’ 12.13.14 at 5:20 pm ET
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With one point on Saturday, the Bruins technically moved back ahead of the Panthers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. In reality, they remained 10th in the conference in terms of points percentage, as all the other bubble teams — the Panthers, Maple Leafs, Rangers and Capitals — have games in hand on the Bruins.

Throughout the Bruins’ early-season struggles and rash of injuries, there was always the sense that as long as the B’s remained in playoff position, there was no need to be too worried.

Well, it’s time to be worried. The Bruins have lost seven of their last nine, and they’re not in playoff position anymore.

Zdeno Chara is back, but he’s still getting up to speed. David Krejci is still out, meaning three of the four forward lines are still in flux. A month ago, it might have been OK to say “Just wait until Chara is back to being himself” or “Just wait until Krejci returns.”

But the Bruins don’t have the luxury of waiting now, and they know it.

“We can’t wait too much longer to turn this thing around,” said Milan Lucic. ” We have to do it now. We can’t wait much longer. We have five games before Christmas break. We should be hungry on wanting to get as many points as we can get.”

It’s not going to be easy for the Bruins to turn it around in the next week, as they hit the road for games in Nashville, Minnesota and Winnipeg against three pretty solid teams. But somehow, they’re going to have to find a way to do it.

It can be tempting to look at those other bubble teams and say, “Well none of them are all that good. Maybe they’ll start losing more.” And maybe they will. But the Bruins aren’t all that good right now either, and having to rely on others to lose in order to make the playoffs is a dangerous way to go.

It’s still a little early for full-blown panic mode, but it’s definitely time for concern. And for the Bruins players, it needs to be time for a lot more urgency.

“No one is going to do it for us,” Lucic said. “We can’t bank on other teams to lose and other teams to do us favors. We have to start bringing it on the ice and start getting wins.”

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With scoring down, Milan Lucic admits to feeling the pressure ‘a little bit’ 11.25.14 at 9:53 am ET
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For Milan Lucic, it’s the small steps forward that are a sign that things are getting better.

On a line with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson, the Bruins forward charged the net and was rewarded with a pass from Eriksson that gave him a chance to put the puck into a vacated net for just his fourth goal of the season. Lucic had all the time in the world to think about how many missed chances he’s had to score this season. Instead, he put it in for arguably the easiest non-empty goal he’s ever scored.

“I saw that he saw me and I knew he’€™s capable of making the play,” Lucic said of Eriksson. “It was just a great play by Loui, heads up play to see me there all by myself in front of the net and for myself you saw it was a little bit of delayed I just wanted to make sure I put that one in the back of the net.”

Lucic scored just his fourth goal of the season in Boston’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins Monday night at TD Garden.

“I think, all in all, we played a pretty good game,” Lucic said. “We didn’€™t spend too much time in our own zone and we were able to create a bunch of scoring chances. I think what got a better is we were attacking with a lot more speed off the rush and we were strong on the pucks and driving to the front of the net and trying to create chances that way. For myself just on that goal, just driving the net, stopping in front, and a great play by Carl and Loui to get me the puck there for that first goal.”

He was also in front of the net when Eriksson put a puck on net with he and Soderberg charging the crease. The puck went in off Soderberg, but the goal was disallowed when the referee ruled on replay that Soderberg shoved it in with his glove.

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